What is it good for? Absolutely nothin’.

I was driving home from work last night and passed by a large gathering of people at the corner of McDowell and Central. The candlelight vigils supporting Cindy Sheehan have spread to Arizona. I was surprised to see it, really. I noticed all the signs and then started reading them and looking at the people, and I was amazed to find tears welling up in my eyes. It’s the first time in a long while I’ve felt anything positive about America… and I hadn’t even realized that until I saw it.

Phoenix is a city where it’s easy to become isolated. I still picture it as the inverse of what happens in the places further north… rather than isolation by snowdrift, we’re isolated by heat. I’m sure there are other reasons for it as well, but it makes it easy to become detached from the world. Especially since I quit watching television, I don’t get any of sensationalist, rehashed, simplified “news” that I used to. It was really moving to see something that should be so big actually make an impact locally.

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